Festival Season 2022
Christof Huber Yourope, Stephan Thanscheidt FPK Scorpio, Marta Pallarès Primavera Sound, Codruta Vulcu ARTmania festival, Paul Reed Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)
Christof Huber YouropeDirector Festivals/Partner – Gadget abc Entertainment Group Switzerland Working Chairman and Board Member Yourope - The European Festival Association Since 1993, Christof Huber is active in the Live Entertainment business. Since January 2020, Christof Huber is partner of the new formed Gadget abc Entertainment Group Switzerland, one of the biggest live entertainment companies in Switzerland. He is director festivals of the group and responsible for the OpenAir St.Gallen, one of the most important music festivals in Switzerland, Summerdays Festival, Seaside Festival and Unique Moments at the National Museum in Zurich. He also books the Stars in Town Festival and Superbloom in Munich. He is board member of Yourope, the European Festival Association since its founding in 1998 and from 2003-2021, he was general secretary of the association. Since 2021, he is working chairman of the association. He is a co-founder of the European initiative Take A Stand which was launched in 2017, a movement within the music industry encouraging social cohesion in our society, promoting awareness and tolerance for all cultures, genders, races, colours and religions. In 2017, he received the award for Excellence and Passion at the European Festival Awards for his achievements for the European festival industry.
Stephan Thanscheidt FPK ScorpioStephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is the CEO at FKP Scorpio and as Head of Festivalbooking also responsible for the program of over 25 festivals across Europe based at the headquarter in Hamburg, Germany. FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH started its rise towards one of Europe’s leading promoters in 1990, when it was founded by Folkert Koopmans. Today, FKP Scorpio is not only one of the largest German organizers for tours and local concerts, but also the largest festival organizer in Europe with offices in 11 countries with more than 350 employees. The FKP Scorpio festival repertoire includes Hurricane, Southside, Highfield, M’era Luna, Rolling Stone Beach, Metal Hammer Paradise, A Summer's Tale, Plage Noire and Deichbrand. On the international side, FKP Scorpio hosts Provinssi (FI), Sideways (FI), Greenfield (CH), Gården (SWE), Indian Summer (NL), Best Kept Secret (NL), Tuckerville (NL), Aairport (DK) among others. FKP Scorpio´s artist roster includes musical giants such as The Rolling Stones, Blink-182, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Justin Bieber, James Blunt, Pixies and many more. In addition to tours, festivals, shows and local concerts, FKP Scorpio is also the owner of the gourmet variéte theater PALAZZO, which opens its doors in the winter season in various European cities. Be it music or entertainment: FKP Scorpio is constantly seeking new forms of creative and innovative entertainment.
Marta Pallarès Primavera SoundMusic journalist from Barcelona with a masters degree in cultural journalism, who has developed a career beyond newspapers, magazines and radio stations to dive into the music business. Following two editions leading the Primavera Sound festival live stream with Red Bull TV, she is now in charge of the international comms strategy for the event, developing media partnerships and also coordinating the festival's PR agencies abroad. Marta is the festival’s official spokesperson for campaigns such as "The New Normal" (which championed Primavera’s 50/50 gender equal lineup) and the corporate social responsibility actions, specially the ones involving sustainability and environmental projects. Since 2019, she also coordinates the partnership within the festival and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals campaign.
Codruta Vulcu ARTmania festivalCodruta is the founder and festival director of ARTmania, one of Romania's most established events with its 15th edition scheduled for 2022 (after two years of hiatus due to Covid 19 restrictions), promoting mainly rock and metal acts. She is also director and founder of Blaj aLive Festival, launched in 2013, which focuses on alternative and electronic music. These two boutique festivals are hosted in Transylvania, the central, historical region of Romania.
In 2017, Codruta and her team launched the East European Music Conference & Showcase Festival with the aim of starting a healthy debate between the Romanian music private sector, international experts and the state authorities, in the context of a market that has witnessed extremely rapid growth in recent years. In 2019, Codruta was contracted by the Romanian Greek Catholic Church to plan and organize the Sunday Mass held by Pope Francis during his historic visit To Romania, on June 02, on the Liberty Field.
Raised in the spirit of art and with passion of music, Codruta holds a Master Degree in Art Photography and Art History, from the National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2017 she started her doctoral research which will see her examine “Festival culture and public policies at national & European level”. She is also the President of AROC – Romanian Association of Promoters of Concerts and Cultural Events.
Paul Reed Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), the UK's leading national festival trade association representing the interests of 90 members. Paul manages day-to-day operations alongside implementing strategic development and growth, also overseeing partnerships, events, communications, media appearances and membership development.
Greg Parmley IQ MagazineGreg Parmley is the CEO of LIVE, the umbrella trade association representing the UK's live music business, and also the Managing Director of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC). ILMC is the leading annual conference for the international touring and festival businesses, and the organisation also organises the International Festival Forum (IFF) and other events. Additionally, ILMC publishes IQ, the leading source of news and content for the business read by 100,000 professionals each month. Greg is a published author and book editor, and due to one too many pub conversations, he also holds the Guinness World Record for Most Music Festivals Visited in 30 Days.